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Community nurses invited to bid for charity funding for men’s health projects

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Nurses are being invited to bid for part of charity funding pot specifically earmarked for projects intended to improve men’s health.

The Queen’s Nursing Institute has announced a new fund for innovation and leadership programme for 2017, targeted at nurses working in the community and primary care.

“This is an opportunity for all community nurses… to consider developing a new initiative to support male clients”

Anne Pearson

The nursing charity highlighted that the new funding stream, which starts next year, is specifically for projects that help improve men’s health.

The deadline for completed applications is 24 November 2016, with projects commencing in March and lasting for 12 months.

Funding of up to £5,000 is available for up to 10 projects, along with a year-long programme of professional support from the QNI.

The programme is open to all nurses who work with male clients of any age, said the institute.

Anne Pearson, the QNI’s director of programmes, said: “The Men’s Health Forum states that on average, more than one in five men is still dying between the ages 16 and 65, and more than two in five before the age of 75.”

Anne Pearson

Anne Pearson

Anne Pearson

She highlighted that “key areas of concern” were heart disease, obesity, cancer, suicide, diabetes and poor lifestyle choices, particularly among men in the poorest areas of the country.

She added: “This is an opportunity for all nurses working across specialities including school nurses, district nurses, general practice nurses, health visitors and many other specialties to consider developing a new initiative to support male clients.”

The new funding programme is part of the QNI’s Fund for Innovation and Leadership programme, which is itself supported by the Burdett Trust for Nursing.

The QNI said that, since 1990, it had helped hundreds of nurses turn innovative ideas into reality, benefiting thousands of patients and improving nursing practice in diverse fields of healthcare.

Full guidance and the application form are on the QNI’s website, and nurses who wish to discuss their ideas in advance are encouraged to contact the QNI.

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